Tour du Mont Blanc

A classic walk through France, Italy & Switzerland

The memories of a walk on the Tour du Mont Blanc will stay with you forever! The Tour du Mont Blanc trek is demanding – climbing six passes, traversing around huge glaciers and hiking through spectacular alpine scenery – but incredibly rewarding. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic walking adventure and is justly famous as one of the world’s best Alpine treks; every step of the way offers jaw-dropping scenery with many points of interest along the way.

Every single step offers incredible mountain scenery: unfolding panoramas of glaciers and jagged peaks, meadows with alpine cows and wildflowers, ibex, friendly marmots, verdant forest, and refuges perched spectacularly on mountain passes.

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CHAMONIX

This town is dominated by the mighty Mont Blanc massif with tumbling glaciers visible from the main street. There are many attractions including the Aguille Du Midi cablecar with its stupendous views and restaurant, the glacier express railway, and whitewater rafting right in the town. Plus Europe’s best selection of outdoor gear shops along its attractive streets.

 

LES HOUCHES

A small town situated at 1000 metres of altitude and lying at the foot of Mont-Blanc (4810m), Les Houches offers an exceptional panorama of the peaks surrounding Chamonix

 

LES CONTAMINES

Les Contamines is a small village which boast a beautiful Baroque church in the nearby wooded valley and a Roman Bridge on the TMB Trail which leads to the Col du Bon Homme.

LES CHAPIEUX

Is a tiny Hamlet consisting of a few buildings, which lies at the base of the Col Du Bon Homme and is one of the last stops in France before you cross to Italy

COL DE LA SEIGNE

This is the pass which straddles the border between France and Italy and give fantastic views of the flanks of Mont Blanc and the long valley descent to Courmayeur.

COURMAYEUR

The walk from the Col de Seigne 2516m down into Italy is truly breathtaking, passing the high Refuge Elisabetta and soaring mountain spires. The Italian ski town of Courmayeur provides a welcome taste of civilisation at the midway point of the trek.

RIFUGIO BONATTI

Named after the famous Italian Alpinist, Walter Bonatti, this refuge has an idyllic location on the flanks of the mountain perfect for a lunch time picnic.

 

 

 

LA FOULY

Your first stop in Switzerland lives up to the hype – the picture-perfect scenery of the Val Ferret is hard to overstate. La Fouly sits at the head of a verdant forested valley, populated by small hamlets of old Swiss wooden chalets. It is one of the most enjoyable sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

CHAMPEX

Champex is a village located in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Valais and one of our overnight stops on the TMB. The village lies at 1,470 metres on the shore of Lac de Champex, at the foot of the Mont Blanc Massif. It is a starting point for many hikes into the surrounding mountains and huts. 

 

 

 

TRIENT

Trient is a small village in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The last stop in Switzerland before heading over the Col de Balme back into France. 

ARGENTIERE

Laid-back Argentière attracts hikers, mountain bikers and fans of all kinds of winter sport activities alike. Traditional architecture, baroque church and 19th century chapel but also to its amazing location at the foot of the impressive Argentière Glacier and legendary peaks such as the Aiguille Verte

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Tour du Mont Blanc

The Highlights Trip – Tour du Mont Blanc

Guided Strenuous
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Trek Highlights of Europe’s most classic walk
  • Walk with an experienced English speaking guide
  • Trek through three countries: France, Italy & Switzerland
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The Mont Blanc Circuit – Tour du Mont Blanc

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  • Europe’s most classic mountain walk
  • Experience spectacular Alpine scenery
  • Walk with an experienced English speaking guide
  • Trek through three countries: France, Italy and Switzerland
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The Self-Guided Trip – Tour du Mont Blanc

Self-Guided Strenuous
  • Trek through France, Italy & Switzerland
  • Culinary specialities from each country
  • Experience spectacular towering mountain scenery
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AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION

No dormitories here. Our Alps trips use a mixture of small hotels and refuges with private rooms so you can come back to a comfortable room each night and get a good night's sleep - an essential component for your enjoyment where you are working hard on the trails each day.

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INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADERS

We have our own staff of experienced and qualified International Mountain leaders. Not only do they know the trek routes exceptionally well but they will excel in looking after you; your safety is our priority in an alpine environment. All our guides are native English speakers, so clear communication is never an issue.

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LUGGAGE DELIVERY & FOOD EXTRAS

We have our own experienced driver who meets our clients and takes charge of the luggage delivery each day with his private vehicle, no mules here. We supplement the food provided by the refuges with fresh food items every day brought in by our driver for your breakfast, lunch and snacks. In our experience, a well-fed walker is a happy walker.

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LOCAL SUPPORT, LOCAL INSIGHTS

Some of our team live in Chamonix year-round and know the area intimately, so they can offer you the best of the variants to the main route and inform you about the unmissable local attractions.

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WHEN TO TREK THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC?

June through September is the recommended time to travel if you want to walk the circuit. Outside of these times the passes are most often blocked with snow and it is not recommended for people not experienced with Alpine walking and snow conditions, plus many of the refuges will be closed.

The summer really is the time to aim for safe and enjoyable walking with the maximum options for sleeping. June can still be quite cool and it is not unusual for snow to be on the passes in mid-June but generally speaking during this period you can expect 20–30°C at lower altitudes and at night temperatures can fall below 10°C.

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What is hiking like on the Tour du Mont Blanc?
How Difficult is hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek?

We have graded the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek as Strenuous (7).

All our guided treks are led by experienced and passionate International Mountain Leaders who have an intimate knowledge of the region. They take safety very seriously so you know you will be in good hands.

When is the best time to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek?

Outside of these times the passes are most often blocked with snow and it is not recommended for people not experienced with Alpine walking and snow conditions, plus many of the refuges will be closed.

June can still be quite cool and it is not unusual for snow to be on the passes in mid-June but generally speaking during this period you can expect 20–30°C at lower altitudes and at night temperatures can fall below 10°C.

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